Facebook is blocked, and if you’re the kind of person who lives in China and enjoys using Facebook, it might be time to finally get that VPN set up because it’s looking like you’re not going to see legal Facebook access for some time.
Why? Well, the People’s Daily (h/t Shanghaiist) — mouthpiece of the CCP — ran a piece about an online poll in which Chinese netizens indicated in startling majority that they feel Facebook should 1) shut down any Uighur Independence groups it might have and 2) be punished for its “role” in organizing the Xinjiang riots earlier this week. Since Facebook is unlikely to close that group (or any other group), and since 81.7% of netizens voted Facebook should be “punished”, we suspect you may not be seeing it unblocked for a long while.
This strikes us a bit like punishing a hammer because someone used it to build a crappy house or punishing a gun for shooting someone, but that’s just us…
In other news, I’m off to Washington D.C. with a bunch of high school students for the weekend so we won’t be updating, but if you can read Chinese, check out Ai Weiwei’s tweets about the Xinjiang riots here. We may translate some of this stuff when we get back.